Virtual gala to support the ‘Frida Kahlo: Timeless’ exhibition coming to COD

Evening to include culinary encounter with Michelin Star-rated chef, other lively elements

GLEN ELLYN – The College of DuPage Foundation, in partnership with the McAninch Arts Center, will host “For the Love of Frida: Bringing It Home,” a virtual gala beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 20.

The gala is in support and celebration of the upcoming “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” exhibition, presented by Bank of America and hosted by the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the MAC on the COD campus in Glen Ellyn. The show is planned from June 5 to Sept. 6, 2021. Event Chairs are Marcie and Mark Peterson who are assisted by a committee of 20 community volunteers.

The 60-minute, livestreamed gala will begin with a demonstration by mixologist Elliot Acosta from La Tequilería, the only establishment in Illinois awarded the esteemed “Distintivo T” certification (2019) for promoting the authenticity, quality and culture of tequila.

This will be followed by a culinary encounter with the only Mexican chef to receive a Michelin star (2013, 2014), Chef Carlos Gaytán of the internationally acclaimed restaurant Tzuco, a semifinalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards’ “Best New Restaurant” category (2020).

The cocktail demonstration and culinary encounter will provide insight into Mexican cuisine and tequila as it relates to Frida Kahlo’s life and favorites.

Guests whose ticket includes the party pack will receive a cocktail bag with two custom rock glasses to create La Tequilería’s specialty cocktail “Jesús Maria,” plus Frida Papel Picado, authentically handmade from Mexico City, and Frida-inspired paper flowers; and a customized cooler tote bag containing a three-course dinner for two prepared by Tzuco beginning with a guacamole and tortilla chip appetizer; main entrée of Short Ribs Confit, with salsa verde pinto beans and tlacoyo; and, for dessert, Tres Leches Horchata with vainella crème and fresh berries.

The evening will include a virtual tour of the Casa Azul and Museo Dolores Olmedo in Mexico, where the treasured Frida Kahlo art is coming from for this summer’s exhibition. The virtual tour will be led by the local exhibit’s curator, Justin Witte.

Music by the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas, Disneyland’s official all-female mariachi ensemble, plus a paddle raise and silent auction will round out the evening’s activities. Auction items will include a signed etching and puzzles created by world-renowned artist and COD alum Tony Fitzpatrick, an artwork created live during the gala by muralist Geoff Bevington, and gourmet baskets from Glen Ellyn’s Olive ‘n Vinnie’s.

Tickets to “For the Love of Frida: Bringing It Home” cost $250 to $50. The $250 ticket includes one unique link to the virtual celebration and party pack hand delivered to ticket buyer’s homes within the Chicago metropolitan area.

Whether or not attending the gala, everyone is invited to go to to browse and bid on the many fun silent auction items.

For tickets or more information, visit the website or call the College of DuPage Foundation at 630-942-2462.

About “Frida Kahlo: Timeless”

The exhibition will be the largest Frida Kahlo exhibition in the Chicago area in more than 40 years. It will feature a 26-piece collection on loan from the Museo Dolores Olmedo, as well as a multimedia timeline, more than 100 photographic images from the artist’s life, a family-friendly children’s area and a Frida Kahlo-inspired garden designed by Ball Horticultural Company, enabling museum-goers of all ages to grasp an understanding of Kahlo’s life and work through a variety of contexts.

The exhibition and related programming are organized by “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” Executive Director Diana Martinez, director of the McAninch Arts Center, in collaboration with Witte, “Frida Kahlo: Timeless” curator and CCMA curator.

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